| GEO Pakistan|
| LHC adjourns president's dual office case|
| Updated at: 1712 PST, Thursday, May 27, 2010|
LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) adjourned the hearing of a petition challenges holding of two offices by President Asif Ali Zardari till June 14.
A panel comprising senior lawyers appeared before the court on behalf of Asif Ali Zardari and pleaded that the hearing be adjourned because the lawyers community was observing strike and they also have to submit replies.
The court, then, adjourned the hearing. A case against Governor Punjab Salman Taseer's eligibility was also adjourned.
On May 17, a full bench of LHC issued notice to Zardari, asking him to explain how he could simultaneously hold the dual office of the head of state and that of the chief of his party.
The notice was issued on two constitutional petitions filed by Advocate A.K. Dogar and Advocate Asif Mahmood challenging the holding of two offices by Zardari.
Earlier, the law ministry, in a written statement submitted to the court, said that there was nothing in the Constitution which barred President Zardari from holding the office of PPP co-chairman because it was not a profitable office.
The petitioners had pleaded that President Zardari was holding two offices at the same time, which they claimed was a violation of Article 41 (1) of the Constitution.
They said the president was the head of state and not head of government and being a symbol of unity of the federation he could not participate in politics.